Stefan studied sculpture at the School of Applied Art and Design in Europe where he worked in clay and stone. After moving to Toronto, he continued his education in the Continuing Education Department at the Ontario College of Art.
In the 1960s, Stefan worked with charcoal and egg tempera, depicting imaginative figures and portraits. After moving to Toronto, his work became more experimental in nature. In the early 1970s, his work distorted the body to anamorphic images, developing a sense of mobility. In the late 1970s he started his “Suitcase” series, placing the human form into a defined space. In his most recent work he is placing figures against the landscape with the figures absorbed in rituals, forming beliefs and giving thanks.
Stefan’s work is on display in corporate and private collections in North America and Europe.
He is a member and past elected officer of the Ontario Society of Artists, founded in 1872 and the oldest art society in Upper Canada.
Stefan teaches drawing, acrylic and oil painting at George Brown College and Luc Sculpture School & Studios. He is the founder of the Stefan Galvanek Fine Art School and Studio in Toronto, as well as a teacher at Canadore College in Parry Sound. He has participated in over 100 exhibitions.